Chris McDaniel qualifies to run for third term in Mississippi Senate

Sen. Chris McDaniel Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press
Sen. Chris McDaniel
Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature.

The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate.

He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, regional and legislative races.

McDaniel lost to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary, but never conceded.

McDaniel filed a lawsuit to try to overturn the results, saying Democrats had improperly helped decide the Republican nominee. The state Supreme Court agreed with a circuit judge who said McDaniel waited too long to file the suit.

McDaniel later formed a political action committee called United Conservatives Fund.